updated 06:35 pm EDT, Sun September 1, 2013
Samsung may expand Note line to include 12.2-inch tablet
South Korean tech giant Samsung may be preparing to expand its line of stylus-enabled Galaxy Note devices even further, as images have emerged of what is said to be a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note device. The picture showed up Sunday on MovePlayer, showing simply a black tablet with notable differences in design from Samsung's wider range of devices. Should the device portrayed materialize, it remains to be seen what would happen with Samsung's other large stylus-enabled device, the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The device shown in the image appears designed for use in landscape mode, with a physical home button along one of its long edges. The picture, which appears to be of a promotional nature, gives no indication where the S Pen stylus that distinguishes Samsung's Note series will go.
Samsung tablets have usually relied upon software buttons, with the hardware home button usually appearing only on the company's smartphones. That changed with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 8.0, and the image of the Note 12.2 would indicate that Samsung intends to continue that design policy.
Notably, the Note 12.1 may also sport a triangular design, like Sony's Tablet S, though that is difficult to tell from the one image. It is also difficult to determine the device's composition. While Samsung reliably goes with plastic for its main construction material, there have been rumors that the company is considering moving on to higher build quality materials in order to improve its brand image.
Samsung fan site SamMobile notes that the tablet will likely be part of Samsung's 9x series, marking it as a flagship product. Reportedly, the Note 12.2 will pack a 2560x1600 display and an Exynos 5 Octa processor.
The Note 12.2 is expected to appear at this year's IFA tech conference in Berlin, alongside the Galaxy Note III. Also slated to appear at that event is Samsung's new foray into wearable computing, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.